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What’s New for 2020
New Construction/Capital Projects
SentryWorld to add new Boutique Hotel Property – The new development is scheduled to break ground on this project in the spring of 2020, with a scheduled opening planned for spring 2021. The facility will be constructed near the golf course and adjoining facility, which recently hosted the USGA Junior Girls’ Championship. More details here.
Cultural Commons – this community space located in Pfiffner Pioneer Park along the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point seeks to join the cultural influences of the community. Cultural Commons just completed the first phase of their plan. From the influence of the Native Americans who first settled here to the sister cities, including native plantings and sculpture. More details here and here. Photos and details about the layout can be found in the Interpretive Walking Tour album.
Family-Friendly Mountain Biking Trails – New trails in development for Standing Rocks County Park, with the majority of the work completed in by fall 2019. (No official grand opening set at this time, but they are being used already.) While it has been known for their difficult single-track mountain biking trails, there was a need to introduce more beginner level mountain biking trails to the park, which also offers winter sports, dog park and disc golf. More details here.
Two new breweries planned – The Stevens Point Area will have two new craft beverage makers join the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective, including District 1 Brewing Co. and Back Country Brewing both slated to open the fall of 2019. District 1 plans to break out of the ordinary brewing model by using the space not only as a brewery and tap room but as a co-working space and food business incubator. Back Country Brewing will have Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins at the helm, who previously worked with City Brewery and the Stevens Point Brewery.
Pedal Point rolls back to the Region
With a new name, The Hostel Shoppe is breathing new life into a long-term event bringing back what was known as the Recumbent Rally. Pedal Point will be a weekend celebration held in August. Find out more here.
Suzuki Institue celebrates 50 years
The 2020 American Suzuki Institute is celebrating it’s 50 anniversary July 19-25 and July 26-August. Held on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, this was the first established Suzuki Institute outside of Japan. Learn more about the program here.
Where to find other Travel Trends in the Stevens Point Area
Wellness Travel - trips planned around outdoor recreations, unplugging, healthy foods locally sourced and sustainability
This is a key part of our identity as a destination, from the roots to the National Wellness Institute, to the commitment to public-private partnerships that led to the Green Circle Trail, and the strength of the Central Rivers Farmshed. Now, it is not uncommon to explore the local trail systems, many of which connect to the Green Circle Trail, including the Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Schmeeckle Reserve, or the Tomorrow River State Trail, before heading to a local farm for brunch or grabbing local goods on the menu at numerous local restaurants, including Ruby, Father Fats, Muse, Wicked Willow, Emy J’s and others.
Millennial Travel - focusing on sustainable travel experiences, Insta-worthy stops and personal fulfillment
For sustainable travel experiences, you can’t skip the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair hosted each June, although you can visit their headquarters for workshops and tours throughout the year. It bears noting that the nation’s first College of Natural Resources started at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, with Fred Schmeeckle who became the namesake for the 280-acre nature preserve as part of campus. The reserve now is home to the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and host numerous workshops open to the public presented by UW-Stevens Point students. Insta-Worthy spots can be found throughout the Stevens Point Area, including the top 10, for restaurants and sunsets.
Inclusive and Accessible – itinerary ideas for multicultural, LGBTQ+ and accessible travel
Must-see events include; state’s largest free cultural festival (Portage County Cultural Festival), central Wisconsin’s largest Jazz Festival (Riverfront Jazz Festival), one of the Midwest’s first art shows of the year (Festival of the Arts), a chance to view working local artist studios (Hidden Studios Art Tour), a comic-con meets canoeing adventure (Paddlequest), AIRO Pow-wow and the Festival of India, and Bluegrass in the Pines.
Popular local flavor must-do’s include; Eggs Benedict crepes and single-origin coffee at Ruby, grab a locally made item from Agora Local Makers Market, enjoy brunch on the farm (May-October) at Lonely Oak Farms, eat your way around the state’s oldest farmers market in downtown Stevens Point (held 6 days a week during the growing season, and shifts indoors for the winter from November-April), fresh-made smoked gouda pretzels from Main Grain Bakery to bring along as a snack to Central Waters Brewing Company for a barrel-aged beer – or a hand-crafted cocktail at the mixology bar at Great Northern Distilling, as part of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective (a partnership of all of the craft beer, wine and spirits makers in the region).
Business/Leisure Blur – tack on an extra day to explore or turn it into a family vacation
After the meeting hit the trails or paddle from the Plover River to the backwaters of the Wisconsin River before exploring the local flavors of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective. For families, some of the more popular attractions include the Stevens Point Sculpture Park, KASH Playground (a universally accessible playground), Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, Clay Corner and Putt N Play (which features indoor mini-golf, outdoor laser tag, and RC track). Families can also participate in CREATE portage county’s geocaching art adventure known as SculptureQuest. Other family fun ideas are here.